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Chapeau Exotic - Brouwerij De Troch

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BA SCORE
69
poor

89 Ratings
THE BROS
51
awful

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 27.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Troch visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 11-06-2002)
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Photo of muttyd
1/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Some how I managed to never see this bottle (or brewery) in the 4 years I have been drinking craft beer. I really wish I could turn back time to 15 minutes before I bought this beer. Not only would I not buy it, I would purposely bump the shelf and break every bottle so that no one else would have to suffer through this beer.

Pours crystal clear with no head. Looks like apple juice. No beer-like quality in the appearance. Aroma is overly ripe pineapple, pineapple jolly ranchers, and stale boxed white wine. Flavor is pretty much what I expected: pinneapple juice with a stale white wine oaky character. Extremely sweet, gritty, sugary mouthfeel on the teeth, and leaves an oxidized beer/wine flavor when its gone.

Avoid at all costs.

Photo of TerryW
1.15/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I come from Ontario. Our beer and liquor stores are overseen by industry or government monopolies, so it's not really a free marketplace situation where consumer choice drives what appears on the shelves. That means that the scariest thing about this beer is that some nitwit functionary somewhere decided it was tasty and belonged up on the shelf beside the decent stuff.

First bad sign is that it pours up fizzy like a can of soda pop. No head, no lace. Aroma is overwhelmingly of cheap or chemically derived pineapple juice. Taste is very tart artificial pineapple with a big butterscotch bite.

I don't see how this could be remotedly described as any kind of beer. Possibly passable as a summer cooler poured over a ton of ice. Would also like serve as a semi-decent base for a wing or rib sauce.

Note that the original label has a sticky saying the alcohol content is not 3.5%, but a mere 1.5%

Buy it to try if you need a notch on your belt, otherwise pass.

Photo of DrJay
1.23/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Murky golden colour with a head that rapidly disappears. The smell was quite strong, like pineapple syrup and very musty, and it was difficult to get past in order to try a sip. Same qualities in the flavour, but less pleasant. The pineapple flavour seems very manufactured and had a chemical quality, not remotely like fresh fruit (or even canned fruit). This one went down the sink rather fast.

Photo of SVD
1.25/5  rDev -56.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a chemical-like yellow color beer with no head and faint carbonation. Aroma of fake pineapple is all over this. Taste is entirely covered by the pineapple syrup and leave little place to lambic. Can’t really say I care for this one but boy am I curious to taste the unblended lambic from De Troch.

Photo of mrmanning
1.65/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a cloudy yellow body with a very bubbly off white head. Aromas are fruity, pineapple, some citrus. Taste is sweet, pineapple, no traces of hops or malt, though I am sure they are here. Won't be getting again. More of a cooler to me. Marker at only 1.5% ABV.

Photo of GDMFSOB
1.73/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow! This is not what I expected at all. My Mother and Girlfriend both like sweet lambics like Lindemman's(sp?) so since I was at a Superbowl party with both of them I thought this stuff would be appreciated. Boy was I wrong. This stuff tastes like artificial pineapple flavoring and cheap cooking sherry. We could barely finish a 12 ounce between four people.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of AgentZero
1.93/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The wife saw this and wanted to try something pineapple. As a precursor to the the actual review, her response was "How can people give this a bad grade?!?"

A - Clear yellow beer, almost miller light-like, small head that left some stick on the sides.

S - Smells a little like rotten fruit and strong ether alcohol, strange as this is supposed to be a 3.5%. Lot of sugar and juice smell in there.

T - Disgusting, somehow this tastes heavy in alcohol, which doesn't seem possible. Must be some sort of screwed up chemicals. Something which kind of tastes like pineapples and citrus fruit is present, but not good. Do not like this one bit.

M - Light, sugary, clean finish.

D - It's easy to drink because of the low ABV if you like bad beer.

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of AndyEdgar
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of bigred89
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of Jack_Tripper86
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of Rumpleman
2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Made the mistake of including this in a cider/fruit beer tasting I hosted tonight without having tried it before-hand. Feel so sorry for the people I gave this to. I really dislike this beer. Hot garbage meets spoiled, rotten fruit. Appallingly sweet, cloying, and just plain bad. Ghastly liquid, steer clear.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of Jason
2.03/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

375ml green bottle with no freshness date. Flavored with natural juices ... meaning sweetened.

LOOK: Clear pale golden, minimal lacing.

SMELL: Over ripened fruit, honey, pineapple, very sweet, oak, sweet wine.

TASTE: Sweet pineapple, chalky, oaky, musty cork.

Yikes!! Overly sweet, cork favor pretty much kills it for me. Not recommended.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.03/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, vaguely orange-hued bdoy with a few large, stray, unorganized bubbles, but nothing to call a head.

Smell: Oddly chemical-scented nose, as if one set fire to a bucket of various office supplies and long-expired pineapple husks.

Taste: Disturbing, eye-watering flavor of mold-infested pineapples and, as always, that signature De Troch trash can juice taste. A boatload of syrupy, cloying table sugar does what it can to quell and temper the loathsome flavors. As with the nose, there's this conspicuous chemical quality to it that coats the tongue. Sweet finish with some of that fetid character oozing through.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Woof. A ghastly, awful beer by any stretch of the imagination. If nothing else, at least this brewery is consistent.

Photo of emerge077
2.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"They took a lambic, and then they ruined it." -jalaffler

That comment about sums up Chapeau Exotic. "Lambic" ruined with loads of saccharine pineapple candy syrup. Thanks Don (I guess) ;)

High clarity orange color, little to no head. It looks like a lambic, but that's where the similarity ends. Musty cork and iodine smell, honey and sweet-n-low packets. Sugary juice. It tastes like overly sweetened iced tea stirred with a fistful of pineapple dum-dum suckers. Very one dimensional, with less character than a wine cooler. I'd believe this was a kiddie drink in Belgium. Had to water the garden with this, couldn't force myself to finish it. Avoid!

Photo of hopdog
2.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle labeled best before '07.

Poured a lighter and clear yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas and tastes of, drum roll please, pineapples. I found this to be on the one dimensional side and didn't really care for the pineapples. Cloyingly sweet.

Notes from: 12/12/05

Photo of Shiloh
2.1/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What is that stink? A very hard beer to judge as to the taste because of the stench that assaults your nostrils every time you draw it in.
Appearance wasn't bad, just limited crown to go with the straw coloured hue.
Carbonation is limited as well.
The aroma is that of rotting vegetation and pineapple, hmm, methinks rotten pineapple vegetation.
The taste is primarily pineapple, but what have they done to it?
Not impressed.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.15/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 12oz very heavy green bottle capped and corked - Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze and no head just a few white bubbles hanging out at the top of the glass. Smells mostly sweet with plenty funk present. The sweetness is reminiscent of a charms lollipop. First sip is super sweet and musty with honey and pineapple dominating. There is hardly any funk nor is there much sourness. The massive sweetness has me reaching for an insulin injection and makes this lambic not very drinkable. As it warms the pineapple takes over the honey leaving only additional sweetness.

Photo of matjack85
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of zoso1967
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours very pale yellow with no head, just a little foam around the edges, but with nice bubbles making their way up my glass. If Michelob Ultra and Champagne had a baby, this is what it would look like. Smell is very funky sweet with a lot of phenolic plastic aromas that are making me feel apprehensive about the taste. I am really not getting any fruity aromas, perhaps a little bit of apple. It actually smells kind of like whiskey and apple juice served in a brand new plastic cup. The flavor is quite surprising. There is a definite lambic tartness up front but not as much as I was expecting. Overall this beer has a lot of sweetness. Pineapple and banana like flavors really don't break through till the very end as you swallow. Only a rumor of the mustiness that I enjoy so much in lambics. A pretty thin mouthfeel keeps it from being cloyingly sweet. I have to say though that as far as drinkability goes, this is probably the one and only bottle I will ever have. What a bizarre beer.

Photo of beernads
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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Chapeau Exotic from Brouwerij De Troch
69 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.